William Alanson White
He was born in Brooklyn, New York, studied at Cornell from 1885 to 1889, and in 1891 graduated with an M.D. from the Long Island College Hospital. After serving as an intern for a year, for nine years he was an assistant physician at the Binghamton (New York) State Hospital. There he collaborated with Boris Sidis. From 1903, he was superintendent of St. Elizabeths Hospital, a government hospital for the insane at Washington, D.C.. There he spent the rest of his career. Also in 1903, he accepted the post of professor of nervous and mental diseases at Georgetown University, and in 1904 a similar chair at George Washington University, lecturing besides at the Army Medical School.
White was president of the American Psychopathological Society in 1922, of the American Psychiatric Association in 1924-25, and of the American Psychoanalytical Society in 1928. He took an interest in forensic psychology, and worked for better cooperation between the American Psychiatric Association and the American Bar Association. He testified for the defense in the Leopold and Loeb trial.
Lola (Purman) Thurston, who he married in 1918, and a stepdaughter survived him when he died in Washington.
- Mental Mechanisms (1911)
- Outlines of Psychiatry (fifth edition, revised, 1915)
- Diseases of the Nervous System (1915) Done in collaboration with Smith Ely Jelliffe.
- The Principles of Mental Hygiene (1917)
- Foundations of Psychiatry (1921)
- Essays in Psychopathology (1925)
- The Meaning of Disease (1926)
Professor White is the namesake of the William Alanson White Institute.
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- Marilyn Bardsley. "Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb". crimelibrary. trutv.com. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
- Clarence Darrow (defense lawyer), The Story of My Life (autobiography).
- Lucy D. Ozarin (January 1999). "William A. White, M.D.: A Distinguished Achiever". Psychiatric News. Retrieved 20 August 2010.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Colby, F.; Williams, T., eds. (1916). "White, William Alanson". New International Encyclopedia (2nd ed.). New York: Dodd, Mead.